Monday, November 26, 2012

Crime Wire: Who REALLY Killed Bugsy Siegel?

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Crime Wire, Bugsy Siegel,Dennis Griffin, Las Vegas

Host Dennis Griffin takes listeners back to a time when Las Vegas as we know it was in its infancy and one of the most famous, or infamous, gangsters was Bugsy Siegel. Known for his intense violence and quick temper, Siegel is a legend portrayed in movies and television dramas to this day over 65 years since his death.

Good looking and sometimes called the visionary behind the creation of Las Vegas, the life and death of Bugsy Siegel, as reported in 1947, is the stuff Hollywood script writers would have a hard time creating, and has been duplicated through the years on film.

Crime Wire will take another look at the unsolved murder of Bugsy Siegel in a 2 part series on November 27 and December 11.

From Dennis Griffin:
On the night of June 20, 1947, notorious mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was relaxing in the living room of  his girlfriend Virginia Hill’s mansion in Beverly Hills. Conveniently for her, she was away on vacation in Paris, but his trusted friend Al Smiley was with him. Suddenly, rifle shots rang out from outside the living-room window. Two slugs struck Siegel in the face. One of them ejected his left eye, which was found on the floor some 15 feet away from his body. Bugsy was dead at the age of 41.

Speculation swirled as to who killed Siegel and why. The most popular theory was that the gangster had gotten in hot water with his organized crime pals over his handling—or mishandling—of the Flamingo casino project in Las Vegas. Whatever the reason for the murder, no one was ever charged in connection with Siegel's death and it remains one of the more intriguing cold cases.
However, in 2012, some 65 years after the killing, a man has emerged who believes he knows who pulled the trigger that night and the circumstances surrounding Siegel's death sentence.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Warren Hull recently to hear about his research into Siegel's murder and his conclusions. Over nearly three hours, Warren presented his findings in great detail and his argument was compelling. So much so in fact, that I invited him to deliver his presentation on Crime Wire and let the listeners decide whether or not he has proved his case.

Because of the tremendous amount of information that needs to be discussed, Warren will appear on two shows. On November 27 he'll lay out the facts as he knows them. Two weeks later, on December 11, after the audience has a chance to digest the information and do research of their own, Warren will be back to tie up any loose ends and take calls from the audience.

So, if you're a current or former investigator, an amateur sleuth or just someone who likes a good mystery, please tune in to see if you think the murder of Bugsy Siegel has been solved. 

Starting  on Tuesday, December 4 Crime Wire will move to a new time!  
Tune in at 7pm-8pm Eastern time.
Hosts Dennis Griffin and Peter Hyatt, along with several Crime Wire Consultants,
will be bringing you more quality crime related shows.
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